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Water main break leaves Millcreek homeowners uncertain who to blame for damages

By Ashton Goodell, KSL TV  |  Posted Feb 10th, 2018 @ 7:05pm


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MILLCREEK — Homeowners were left to clean up a wet mess after a water line broke in Millcreek Friday night.

Meanwhile, an estimated 20 homes were without water for several hours as crews worked to fix the small pipe.

Residents in the area said this isn’t the first flooding they’ve experienced due to old pipes and a high water table, however, they were surprised to see the issue wasn’t taken care of right away.

Jason Digilio woke up Saturday morning to no water when he went to brush his teeth. Homeowner Janine McDonald experienced the worst flooding in the area with nearly six inches of water in her basement, despite having a sump pump.

“I’m very mad, but I mean, what do you do?” McDonald said. “I mean, being mad doesn’t help. All I need to do is clean up the mess.”

Homeowners said they saw water above the gutter flowing onto their sidewalks and driveways for the past week. Several residents complained to Salt Lake City Public Utilities but utility officials claimed the water line is the responsibility of the homeowners association.

The HOA called in a private contractor Saturday morning to dig up the road and fix the leak.

But affected homeowners are left with one question: who’s going to pay for the damages?

McDonald faces a major clean-up bill of $20,000.

Officials with Public Works were only at the scene Saturday morning to shut down the broken water line, but said the damages are not their responsibility.

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